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  A few years ago I found myself flying back to Winnipeg for a reunion at CKY which was long overdue. Accompanying me on the flight was, Jim Hilliard (pictured above with Deno Corrie, me, and Burton Cummings) who was the station’s program director when I was a rookie board op back then. Along with being the PD, Jim was also the big afternoon dee-jay and was known program director was also the afternoon drive jock known as Jimmy Darin. Unfortunately, back in Winnipeg, they had waited much too long because most of the first team like Daryl ‘B’, Chuck Dann (Riley), Jack Wells, Frank Roberts, Jim Coghill, Bill Trebilcoe, George Dawes, John Pierce, and Mike Hopkins, were already gone.
When our plane touched down in Winnipeg, we still had a few hours before the big ebent to kill so we decided to revisit all the places we used to hang out at including the drive-in movie theatre where we discovered James Bond. Some 50 years later Jim and I still continue the tradition by seeing the latest James Bond flick together. When our reminiscing tour of Winnipeg was done, it was time to clean up and head for the reunion. Once there we got to reunite with the few folks from our era who were still around which included Em McDermid, Deno Corrie, and Warren Cosford. Also in attendance, were some of the guys from my band the Jury, Ray St Germain, Winnipeg’s first rock star, and Burton Cummings who even sang a chorus of our first record which he claimed he bought with the money from his paper route.
As I said, when I worked at CKY I was just a board op but as I look back I now realize that those days were probably the most fun I’ve ever had working at anything. At some point in the evening, Burton came up to me and asked if Jimmy Darin was there and when I told him he was, he excitedly asked if I would introduce him. When we caught up with Jim he was talking to a few folks, and when there was a lull in the conversation, I said, “Jim do you remember Burton Cummings,” he said, “Of course I do.” After shaking hands, Jim said, “Hey Burton I don’t want you to think I’m a star-fucker or anything but my wife Barbara told me to say hello for her If I saw you. She still remembers when we picked you up years ago when you were hitchhiking.” Burton responded with the line of the night when he said, “I can understand you’re not being a star-fucker Jim, but perhaps Barbara is?”

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Now I hear that the Irish first came to America as slaves and were even cheaper than their African counterparts. However, calling them slaves was frowned upon, so that part of their past just faded away.
 
Life is a yin and yang thing; sometimes you give sometimes you get.
 
I guess PC is still alive and well in America, I’ve heard nothing at all about John Legend playing Jesus in the rebooted “Jesus Christ Superstar.” I doubt very much though that the same would be true if Michael Buble were cast as Martin Luther King in some musical.
 
Great men usually aren’t great fathers.
 
I wonder how many trees the internet has saved?
 
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they gave us some decent political candidates to vote for instead of who to vote against?
 
Do you find it as weird as I do that everybody talks about and believes in local radio but nobody does it?
 
Wow, now Pope Francis says that his words overrule the Bible, how Trumpesque of him.
 
The perfect combination for an on air person is a mature mind with an immature vocal delivery.
 
Almost anyone can learn how to play guitar, but unfortunately, you can’t learn to play it like Eric Clapton or Lenny Breau.
 

The peaceful majority around the world has always been irrelevant.

If I were a pedophile, I would think that becoming a priest would be the perfect job.

Radio’s real problem is the fact that it has no “afterlife.”Films, plays, and songs can be sold over and over and over again whereas radio needs fresh new product every day.

A friend of mine was recently offered a job in San Diego, and although she was offered three times her present salary, after she checked the cost of living, she realized that she still couldn’t afford to live there.

Even if you tax the shit out of the rich, you still won’t have enough money to fix America. Ask Canada.

Why does it seem that the people most concerned about the environment leave a mess wherever they go.

Going against the flow may be the most heroic and difficult thing you’ll ever do.

Some loyalties last only as long as the money does.

Being an addict should give you fewer rights, not more.

Gas in Canada in some places is running at $6.00 a gallon. This, in a country that has more oil than we do with only 36 million people to use it compared to our 325 million. So much for the scam of supply and demand.

You don’t get over things you get through them.

As I told my grandson Nathaniel, “The secret to life is figuring out what you would like to do then find someone who will pay you to do it. I love writing but unfortunately, I have yet to find someone willing to pay me to do it. Damn!

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